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Swanage Railway

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Last Visited: 2015

Closed and ripped up by British Rail in 1972, the Swanage Railway has slowly been rebuilt, has now re-instated a service to Wareham.

These days the railway offers one of the most intensive heritage steam and diesel train services in the country.

34028 Eddystone Approaching Norden

34028 Eddystone
Approaching Norden

Seeing a huge engine like Eddystone pulling half a dozen or so coaches along six miles of near level track at a maximum speed of twenty-five miles a hour make me wonder what Wilbert Awdry's Gordon the Big Engine would have to say in similar circumstances.

Perhaps we need to start a Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Dumb Steam Engines!

Check the Swanage Railway's website for opening times etc.